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Harrisburg, Pa. – Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania (AFP-PA) today applauded Congress for voting in support of President Trump’s rescission package, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act (H.R. 3), that cancels $15 billion in unspent funds from previous years. AFP-PA had urged Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to support the rescission package as part of the grassroots group’s “Stop Over Spending” campaign, which launched with ads holding accountable Reps. Lou Barletta and Matt Cartwright for their records on wasteful spending.
AFP issued a key vote alert in favor of the rescission package.
Pennsylvania Reps. Lou Barletta, Scott Perry, Glenn Thompson, Ryan Costello, Tom Marino, and Lloyd Smucker supported the measure. Senator Pat Toomey recently introduced companion legislation in the Senate.
“Congress’ approval of the President’s spending cuts is proof lawmakers have listened to our activists’ calls to vote to cut spending and we thank those in the Pennsylvania delegation who took this important first step,” said AFP-PA State Director Beth Anne Mumford. “We hope this vote is a sign our lawmakers are ready to commit to even bolder spending reforms as they continue to navigate the FY 2019 appropriations process currently underway.”
AFP recently launched its “Stop OverSpending” campaign to call attention to the dramatic over spending that takes place in Washington.
The “Stop Over Spending” campaign includes robust digital, direct-mail, print, and radio advertising in congressional districts across the country to thank or hold accountable members based on their vote on the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package for fiscal year 2018. That omnibus pushed total federal spending over $4 trillion, or $33,000 per household.
AFP-PA called out Representatives Lou Barletta and Matt Cartwright for their vote on the omnibus and urged them to support immediate measures to help restore taxpayer trust in Congress by focusing on cutting wasteful spending. Only Pennsylvania Reps. Brendan Boyle, Scott Perry, Keith Rothfus, Lloyd Smucker, and Mike Kelly stood by taxpayers and voted against the wasteful spending omnibus package.
While tax reform continues to benefit American workers and the overall economy, unchecked spending threatens to undermine that progress and drag the economy down.
Fiscal year 2019 spending legislation, which is currently being written, will be the last chance for members of Congress to prove before the midterm elections that they can be trusted stewards of taxpayer dollars. AFP views the fall 2019 spending debate as a critical test for lawmakers and will be engaging grassroots activists throughout the summer to hold both parties accountable for reckless spending and stress the importance of getting spending under control.
For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or 703.887.7724